Though it’s been reported that Ghostbusters (2016) may have lost upwards of $70 million after its hefty promotional budget is taken into account, Sony has argued against that and claimed that those numbers are well off-base. It’s nevertheless clear that the reboot wasn’t a runaway commercial success and that is why there’s not yet been concrete news about a sequel and/or spinoff film being in development, before now. While it was previously reported that Sony still has plans for a Ghostbusters cartoon TV show and animated film, Reitman’s recent comments suggests that’s not all that’s brewing quietly behind the scenes.
Beyond that though, the Ghostbusters reboot certainly has its fair share of supporters and may yet serve as the franchise foundation that leads to a direct sequel seeing the light of day. It’s clear that both Reitman and Feig want to work on the series once more, so a smaller budget could be the key needed to ensure the spook-bustin’ ladies get back together. Reitman certainly seems optimistic, so who would we be to dispute what a man so close to the movie’s production has to say?
Feig, for his part, is moving on to other project in the meantime; specifically, a talk show host comedy written by (and costarring) Mindy Kaling, which Feig is directing. If Reitman is to be believed though, there will be more significant Ghostbusters-related news to come in the year that lies ahead.